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“My Family Was Crazy, So Now I’m a Psychiatrist”

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One day at the age of 10, as a student at a New England boarding school, young Ned Hallowell was told to report to the school psychologist at the request of his mother. Getting right to the point, Dr. Merritt asked, “Well, how about if you tell me about your life so far?” “I remember starting to talk, and out of the blue the floodgates opened,” recalls Hallowell in his new memoir, Because I Come From a Crazy Family (Bloomsbury). “I talked and talked and cried and cried… Dr. Merritt sat there, not saying a word.” What Dr. Merritt said next, according to Hallowell, “makes me believe he was either the best or the worst psychologist on the planet. He…

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Marcia Gay Harden’s Powerful Memoir Honors Her Mother

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A well-known actress from both stage and screen, Marcia Gay Harden tells the story of her life in the context of memories she has with her mother in her memoir, The Seasons of My Mother (Atria Books). Their close relationship is so beautiful and all the more painful as her mother’s memory fades from the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. But their bond is unbreakable and based on love, and due to the progression of the disease and the author’s fear that all would be forgotten, it became imperative that stories were recorded. Remembering the past with family and friends is how we all stay connected, and I applaud Harden for writing this book honoring her mother, her wisdom, advise, strengths and hobbies…

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When You Look With Your Heart, Oh The Things You Might See!: A Review of ‘Will’s Red Coat’ by Tom Ryan

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Will’s Red Coat is, at first glance, a moving and beautiful true story of a dog on death row who chooses life against significant challenges, and the exquisitely compassionate and patient author, Tom Ryan, who brought him home, initially, to die with dignity.   Look deeper, however, and Ryan’s story is a powerful example of how, by embracing what animals have to teach us, a human can wake up to experience life with more joy, understanding and peace. The spiritual awakening Ryan encounters doesn’t just show up at his door unannounced; it was something he had to earn.  Ryan has clearly logged his share of solitary miles on the journey to Self, finding his way out of both the rat…

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‘Laura Meets Jeffrey’: An X-Rated ‘Literary’ Love Story

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James Wolcott in “Vanity Fair”: “Jeffrey Michelson’s reflections on fighting and fucking are like a bolt of bourbon, a careening chronicle of orgies, S&M, hanging and banging with the stars, and related calisthenics.” Anka Radakovich in “British GQ”: “Laura Meets Jeffrey” is a fascinating nonfiction “erotic memoir.” Jeffrey Michelson chronicles the wildest, most intense sexual scene in New York City’s history. This book is raunchy, dirty and disgusting. I couldn’t put it down.” Norman Mailer from his foreword: “Objective, funny, salacious, and perversely—dare I say it—uplifting!” For Valentine’s Day, I offer you “Laura Meets Jeffrey,” a hot, wild, real-life memoir. I do so, however, with a warning. Reviewers have called it “undeniably brilliant” and Norman Mailer called it “literature,” but this…

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From One Survivor to Another: A Posthumous Memoir Brings Two Sickle Cell Survivors Together

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Soar is about an African American, female journalist who beat the odds given to her by doctors, growing up with the same silent disease I’ve had since I was a baby: sickle cell anemia. Gail Woolley was told at the age of seven that she, along with her brother, would not live past the age of thirty five. Unfortunately, Gail’s brother lived a different lifestyle than she did and proved the doctor’s prognosis to be true, but Gail did not. She was determined prove doctors wrong. Rather than allowing sickle cell to dictate her life, Gail lived normally; she was a true sickle cell warrior and had a great, supportive husband by her side for over 34 years. It was…

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‘Each Life Can Teach Us’: Bestselling Author Steven Gaines on Memoir Writing

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Why are so many people writing memoirs? Expiation? Ego? Money? Revenge?  One reason is that access to social media has given the average citizen the misimpression that people care what they had for lunch. Andy Warhol was wrong when he said in the future everybody was going to be famous for 15 minutes. The future is here, and everybody is famous for 15 seconds, the length of time it takes to write a 140 character Tweet, or to post a vacation photo on Instagram, or catalog moods, movie reviews, and bad affairs on Facebook. The ease of publishing Print on Demand books, and ebooks, has given all of us a shot at being Proust.    A while ago I rang…

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A Life in Books: Author Kathleen Hill Talks About the Power of Words and Writing Her New Book

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Before I spoke with Kathleen Hill for the first time, I had been talking with a friend about aging and watching the adults in our lives, some who’ve passed away, struggle with memory in their later years. We were both saying how we wished they had written down some of the stories of their lives, memories of events that would have given us and our children a bit more insight into family histories and reveal how certain events in the lives of those who are connected to our pasts ultimately impact who we are in the present. So we both committed to writing our own memoirs. I became keenly aware, early in the process, that everything I wrote was linked…

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Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Fisher, Reality Stars and More:  50+ Memoir Deals for Under $16 

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Are you interested in reading about how some of your favorite actors and musicians became famous? Or maybe you want to know what it’s like to grow up in the White House. Whatever your interest, there is definitely a personal story here that will not only be worth your dollar, they may even inspire you to write your own! Here’s a great list of over 50 memoirs for Kindle, all under $16 (and some are even free)!   Famous Icons Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen Becoming Grandma, Lesley Stahl Turning the Tables, Teresa Giudice The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx Unqualified, Anna Faris Growing Up Fisher, Joely Fisher Whoa, Baby!, Kelly Rowland We’re Going to Need…

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BookTrib’s First Writing Contest: Could You Be Our Next Contributor?

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Do you love reading BookTrib? Would you love writing for BookTrib even more? Here’s your chance! We are launching our first official writing contest where emerging writers and those who thought about writing will have the opportunity to compete for a position as a BookTrib Contributor for 2018! The contest will open on December 1, 2017 and entries can be submitted on our website through the end of January. The Top Five entries will be published on our website, and the authors will be interviewed individually for a live-video chat with member of our staff about their entries and writing experience. The Grand Prize is a 12-month stint as a Booktrib Contributor.  There will be TWO Grand Prize winners.  The…

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‘Growing Up Fisher:’ Joely Fisher Reflects on Family, Fame and Life in New Memoir

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Joely Fisher has had a long career in Hollywood as an actress and singer. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Connie Stevens, she grew up in the spotlight as part of a Hollywood dynasty, alongside her half-sister Carrie Fisher. With her mother and younger sister Tricia Leigh Fisher, Joely toured the world, attending different schools and being educated by tutors. While all three Fisher girls are actress, where Carrie went and starred in Star Wars, Joely starred in Ellen, alongside Ellen Degeneres, as Paige Clark, Ellen’s somewhat vain best friend, a role she played until the series’ end in 1998. Among her many other roles, she’s also well known for her part in Desperate Housewives, and later this year, she’ll be in The Tribes of Palos Verdes,…

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Jenifer Lewis: The ‘Mother of Black Hollywood’ Gets Down and Dirty in New Memoir

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If Jenifer Lewis can’t make you laugh, then you just don’t have a sense of humor. Lewis’ career spans nearly four decades and she has played mother to almost every major African-American character in television and film, earning her the moniker, “The Mother of Black Hollywood.” In an NPR interview, Lewis discussed that title with pride. “I played Tupac’s mama, Tina Turner’s mama, Whitney Houston’s mama, and the list goes on and on.” Her credits are very diverse and include: The Preacher’s Wife, What’s Love Got to Do With It and Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Poetic Justice, Sister Act, Beaches, Jackie’s Back, The Temptations, A Different World, Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man, Too and most recently, Black-ish.  I always said…

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ICYMI: ‘A Place of Hope’: Eric L. Motley on His Life in the Historic Madison Park Community

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The Madison Park community in Montgomery, Alabama, has one of the most interesting and important histories in the country. Founded in 1880 by fourteen former slaves, they established a school, a church, and ultimately, a philosophy of community that has lasted for generations. One such person to be raised there was Eric L. Motley, the youngest appointee in the White House under the Bush Administration, where, immediately after obtaining his Ph.D from the University of St. Andrews, he became of the Deputy Associate Director, Office of Presidential Personnel, at the age of 27. Since that first appointment, Motley has held positions such as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush; Director of the Office of International Visitors in the Bureau of Educational and…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Friday Morning Coffee with Author Kathleen Hill

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BookTrib.com recently added Writer’s Bone to our weekly features. Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy have been bringing us weekly podcasts of discussions they have with writers about the craft of writing and what motivates them to tell a good story. Today, you can enjoy a Friday Morning Coffee podcast featuring Kathleen Hill.  Kathleen Hill, author of the recently published memoir She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons: A Life in Novels, talks to Daniel Ford about how stories she heard in her youth led her to becoming a writer, why she decided to write a memoir, and why writers need to make room within themselves for their impressions. Kathleen Hill has been teaching others her whole life. In her twenties, her husband…

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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s New Memoir is Comfort Food for the Literary Soul

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Not many people have lead a life like that of Nobu Matsuhisa. Born in Saitama, Japan, he and his brother were raised solely by their mother, their father dying in a traffic accident when Matsuhisa was just seven years old. After graduating high school, he worked at a restaurant for seven years, in Tokyo, before moving to Peru at the age of 24, at the urging of a regular customer-turned-sponsor, to open a Japanese restaurant. What followed has created history: unable to find the Japanese ingredients he has used for so long, Nobu was forced to improvise, using local Peruvian ingredients to create Japanese dishes, which would ultimately become Nobu’s signature flare. With more than a dozen restaurants open under his…

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‘The Best of Us’: Joyce Maynard’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life

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I highly recommend reading Joyce Maynard’s The Best of Us, but just make sure you have a box of tissues. Maynard finds the love of her life in her 50s, many years after being divorced and raising her children as a single mother. She and Jim, her new love, had a wonderful connection and were enjoying life to the fullest. And then their future was shattered when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She stood by him, provided hope and continued to look for treatments and solutions until the end. Her love story is beautiful and devastating as she chronicles the time before she meets Jim, during their love affair and his battle with this devastating disease, and afterward when she…

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Prince, John Grisham, Anna Faris, Oliver Sacks and Nikki Giovanni Reign!: New Books, Old Favs

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If there was ever a list of new releases that displayed the kind of diversity and breadth that we love about books, it would be this list. We have one of the most intimate books of the personal life of Prince (you never forget your first time hearing a Prince song), as well as the diary entries of Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, following his spiral down into heroin addiction, paranoia, and efforts to draw himself back up; the Bush twins, Jenna and Barbara (#BestSisterEver) have documented their time growing up in the White House, with Secret Service agents following them to college, and Oliver Sacks’ last book that he was working on before his death. If you’re looking for a…

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